Local farmers react to record-breaking June heat

Farmers said some crops have thrived in the heat but others have wilted.

SPOKANE, Wash. -- June's record-setting temperatures have helped and hurt crops according to local farmers.

Farmers said cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers are thriving.

"They're happy that it's hot and we've been keeping them nice and watered," said Jorge Cano of CasaCano Farms.

Cano said the heat has had an impact on harvesting times as well. They said some of the crops have ripened earlier, and others need to be harvested at a faster rate.

"We only harvest once a week for our markets and restaurant customers, but we could be doing two times a week. I mean, the collards are exploding," said Cano.

The average temperature for June 2015 was 85 degrees. That number beats the last hottest June from 1922.

Lettuce, brussels sprouts and broccoli are colder weather crops that farmers said do not benefit from the heat wave. Experts said these crops are rushed through the productive part of their life.

"Yeah, for the spinach it was just too hot," said Cano.

June 29's 105 degree day marked the hottest June day ever.

Farmers said they will use extra water and coolers to keep crops cool through July and August.


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